Here’s a peek at Alvin Ailey’s film if you can’t fly to Europe (VIDEO)

The renown dance troupe is touring Europe this fall if you happen to be vacationing there, otherwise don’t miss the opportunity to see this iconic piece of American choreography on film.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform at the Deutsches Theater in July 2014 in Munich. Hannes Magerstaedt | Getty Images

Until now, if you wanted to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in action, you needed to buy tickets for one of their live shows either in New York or on tour. But now, finally, the troupe’s excellent, innovative work is available on film—at least in a few cities on a few dates. Revelations, the iconic Ailey work, was first performed in 1960 and remains a show-stopper of modern dance. The choreography and music draw on African-American artistic traditions; the themes of grace, faith, and sacred rites are the heart of this tremendous and enduring piece of American art.

The film, titled Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations shows in Sedona, Arizona on July 24, New York City on July 26, and Allentown, Pennsylvania on August 11. If you’re in Europe, the company is touring its live show there this fall, and Alvin Ailey II, the company’s secondary touring company, hits US venues in the autumn months as well. Glance at Alvin Ailey’s calendar for exact dates and locations. Yes, it’s frustrating that the release and the live dates are so limited, but let’s cross our collective fingers that the movie will soon be available on Netflix. It’s a revelation!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in April 2016 in Costa Mesa, California. Earl Gibson III | Getty Images

Leigh Anderson
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Leigh Anderson is the author of "The Games Bible: The Rules, The Gear, The Strategies" (Workman, 2010) and has written for Vox,, and Popular Science, among others.

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